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Meaning of “express” in the English Dictionary

"express" in British English

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expressverb [T]

uk   us   /ɪkˈspres/
  • express verb [T] (SHOW)

B2 to show a ​feeling, ​opinion, or ​fact: Her ​eyes expressed ​deepsadness. I would like to express my ​thanks for ​yourkindness. Words can't express howhappy I am. These ​figures are expressed as a ​percentage of the ​total.express yourself B2 to ​communicate what you ​think or ​feel, by ​speaking or writing, or in some other way: I'm ​afraid I'm not expressing myself very ​clearly. Children often express themselves in ​painting.

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expressadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ɪkˈspres/

expressadverb

uk   us   /ɪkˈspres/
using a ​service that does something ​faster than ​usual: Send this ​parcel express.

expressnoun

uk   us   /ɪkˈspres/
[C] a ​train or ​bus that ​takes less ​time to do a ​journey than other ​trains or ​buses: The ​quickest way to get here is to take the ​uptown express. the Orient Express [U] a ​service that does something ​faster than ​usual: This ​parcelneeds to be ​sent by express.
(Definition of express from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"express" in American English

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expressverb [T]

 us   /ɪkˈspres/
  • express verb [T] (SHOW)

to show a ​feeling or ​idea by what you say or do or by how you ​look: She’s expressed ​interest in doing some ​camping. Several ​victims expressed ​disappointment at the ​smallamount of ​money they were ​offered. He ​wrote to express his ​sympathy after the ​death of her ​mother. The ​programtries to get ​students to express themselves ​verbally.

expressadjective

 us   /ɪkˈspres/
  • express adjective (FAST)

[not gradable] (esp. of ​transportation or a ​service) ​fast, or ​direct: The express ​train makes very few ​stops.
  • express adjective (CLEAR)

clearly and ​intentionallystated: It was her express ​wish that ​artcollection be given to the university’s ​museum.

expressnoun [C]

 us   /ɪkˈspres/
  • express noun [C] (TRAIN/BUS)

a ​train or ​bus that does not ​stop at many ​places on ​itsroute and ​therefore is ​faster in getting ​people to where they ​want to go: Change here to get the express.
(Definition of express from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"express" in Business English

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expressverb [T]

uk   us   /ɪkˈspres/
to ​state an ​opinion or fact, or say how you ​feel about something: express doubts/reservations International ​observers had expressed ​growing doubts that the ​balloting would be ​fair. express ​appreciation/gratitude/​satisfactionexpress interest He said that a Chinese ​technologycompany had expressed ​interest in ​acquiring an American ​manufacturer of ​diskdrives.express concern Some ​boardmembers expressed ​concern about the ​proposal.
COMMUNICATIONS, TRANSPORT to ​send a ​package or ​letter somewhere by a ​method that is faster than usual: She says she expressed the ​documents yesterday.
to show an ​amount or ​quantity in a particular way: express sth as sth Expense ​ratios are a ​mutual fund's ​cost of doing ​business and are expressed as a ​percentage of your ​assets in the ​plan.express sth in sth The ​rates of ​dutylisted below are expressed in ​poundssterling.

expressadjective [only before noun]

uk   us   /ɪkˈspres/
COMMUNICATIONS, TRANSPORT sent using a ​service that ​sendspackages and ​letters faster than is possible with the usual ​method: Did she ​send it by express ​mail? I have an express ​package for you.
existing for the ​purpose of doing something quickly: If you have bags to ​check, you can do it curbside or at the express ​check-in.
TRANSPORT able to ​travel at a high ​speed and not ​stopping often : express buses
LAW clearly ​stated and ​agreed, often as a ​part of a ​contract: All ​payments were made with the express ​approval of both ​governments. He will be the ​mainwitness at ​hearings, called for the express ​purpose of spotlighting his views on ​climatechange.
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expressadverb

uk   us   /ɪkˈspres/
COMMUNICATIONS, TRANSPORT using a ​service that ​sendspackages and ​letters faster than is possible with the usual ​method: Send the ​letter express, ​next-daydelivery.

expressnoun

uk   us   /ɪkˈspres/
[C] TRANSPORT a fast ​train or bus that does not ​stop often: The express ​skipsstops to make the ​trip faster.
[U] COMMUNICATIONS, TRANSPORT a ​service that ​sendspackages and ​letters faster than is possible with the usual ​method: The ​package should arrive by express today.
(Definition of express from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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